Glimpse of Maharashtra – Cities, Towns & Hill Stations to Visit

Glimpse of Maharashtra – Cities, Towns & Hill Stations to Visit

Maharashtra is an expansive canvas displaying many of India’s iconic attractions and is best known for the fast pacing capital, Mumbai. There are lazy, palm-fringed beaches, lofty, cool green mountains, World Heritage Sites and bustling cosmopolitan cities.
It is also famed for sites like the British-Raj era Gateway of India monument and the cave temples at the nearby Elephanta islands.To the south is the beach lined, rustic Konkan coast and its temple town of Ganpatipule.
So, take the road less traveled and plan a fantastic tour around India with Javian, which marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your body and your heart.

1. Mumbai

Mumbai is the big busy city that is home to the Bollywood film industry. The food, bars, shopping are all some of the best in India. There are easily multiple days of sightseeing that can be done in the city itself.

Though the city life is fast-paced and crowded,  there are relaxing day-trips available near the city as well such as camping or trekking are Badlapur, Vasind, Kapolei, and several other exciting destinations.

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 3-4 days.

 The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel ( Image Source )

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (Image Source)

 Chowpatty Beach ( Image Source )

Chowpatty Beach (Image Source)

2. Pune

A thriving, vibrant metropolis, Pune is a center of academia and business that epitomizes ‘New India’ with its baffling mix of capitalism, spiritualism, ancient and modern. The large student population in the city makes for a lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere. Pune also houses fantastic restaurants, excellent museums and is well known for its surrounding hill forts which offer panoramic bird’s-eye views. Visit the Aga Khan Palace built in 1892.
The metropolis is banked on river Mathura and has an ambient weather throughout the year. The places to visit here are Aga Khan Palace, Pataleshwar cave temple, Peshwa Udyan and others.

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 2 days.

 Aga Khan Palace ( Image Source )

Aga Khan Palace (Image Source)

3. Mahabaleshwar:

The one-time summer capital of the Bombay Presidency, Mahabaleshwar is fringed with gurgling rivers, evergreen forests, and fascinating hills.  It is one of the most lovely and evergreen hill stations the country.

The places to visit here are Wilson point, Mumbai point, and Arthur’s seat.

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 2 days.

 Mapro Garden, Panchgani - Mahabaleshwar Road ( Image Source )

Mapro Garden, Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar Road (Image Source)

4. Nagpur

Way off the main tourist routes, the isolated city of Nagpur lacks must-see sites but is an important gateway to several reserves and parks. Notable ones are the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve and Pench National Park.
Once the center of great Maratha reign and now the commercial and political center of Maharashtra, Nagpur boasts of his historical past and natural beauty.Summer is the best time to eat the city’s famous oranges. It is also close to the temples of Ramtek and the ashrams of Sevagram.

The places to visit here are Shri Ganesh Mandir Tekdi, Nagzira wildlife sanctuary, Ramtek fort temple and the others.

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 3 days.

 Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve ( Image Source )

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (Image Source)

5. Aurangabad

Named after an Emperor, Aurangzeb sees a lot of international tourist traffic thanks to world heritage sites, Ajanta & Ellora caves. A dream destination of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the 1600s, it is known today as one of the four important cities in Maharashtra.
This quaint city wears a rustic charm and still holds to its roots. Silk fabrics were once Aurangabad’s leading revenue generator, and the town is still known across the world for its hand-woven Himroo and Paithani saris.

The places to visit are Ajanta Caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Ellora Caves, Grishneshwari temple, Jayakwadi Dam and the others.

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 3 days.

 Ellora Caves ( Image Source )

Ellora Caves (Image Source)

 Aurangabad Caves ( Image Source )

Aurangabad Caves (Image Source)

6. Lonavla

It is far from attractive, as it is almost exclusively filled with garishly lit shops flogging Nikki, the rock-hard, brittle sweet made in the area. However, this place is the best getaway during the monsoon season!
The main reason you’d want to come here is to visit the nearby Karla and Bhaja caves (best-known caves after Ellora and Ajanta). It is close to both Pune and Mumbai and is the leading weekend destination of Maharashtrians.

The places to visit are Dukes’s nose, Durshet, Gangad Tailbhaila, Koraigad, Rajmachi and others.

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 2 days.

 Tiger's Leap, Lonavla ( Image Source )

Tiger’s Leap, Lonavla (Image Source)

7. Solapur

Solapur is mainly known for its handloom, cotton, power loom, and beedi industries. It is an amalgamation of historical, religious and industrial interests. It has the world’s second largest spinning mill.
The places to visit are Shri Siddeshwar temple, Rukmini temple, Bhuikot Fort, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary and the others.
The best time to visit Solapur is between October and March!

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 2 days.

8. Shirdi

The main attraction of this place is Shirdi Sai Baba temple. This is one of the few temples which is held in high regards by both Hindus and Muslims in the country.

The temple witnesses at least 20,000 devotees every day. Sai Bba’s disciples spread the movement across the other countries.

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 2 days.

9. Nasik

Located on the banks of the holy Godavari River, Nasik (or Nashik) gets its name from the episode in the Ramayana where Lakshmana, Rama’s brother, hacked off the nastika (nose) of Ravana’s sister.

It is called as the ‘Wine Capital of India’ or the ‘Grape City.’ Today this large provincial city’s old quarter has some intriguing temples that reference the Hindu epic and some massive bathing ghats.  Every 12 years, Nasik plays host to the grand Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering on Earth.

The places to visit are Sapthashrungi, Coin Museum, Sita Gumpha, Trimbakeshwar temple and the others.

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 2 days

 Drive to Nasik ( Image Source )

Drive to Nasik (Image Source)

10. Matheran

‘Matheran’ means ‘Jungle Above.’ It is a tiny patch of peace and quiet capping a craggy Sahyadri summit within spitting distance of Mumbai’s heat and grime.
Endowed with shady forests crisscrossed with foot trails and breathtaking lookouts, it still retains an elegance and colonial-era ambiance, though creeping commercialism and illegal construction are marring its appeal. Since vehicles are banned, the air is fresh and clean.
Getting to Matheran is half the fun. The exotic destination stands at a height of about 2156 feet above the sea level.

The places to visit are Chanderi hills, Louisa Point, Echo Point, Charlotte Lake, Porcupine Point(sunset point) and the others.

Minimum Recommended Duration for Visit: 2 days

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Happy Travels!

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